Auditions Schedule

Shakespeare Royal Oak 2018 Auditions

Sunday, March 11, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, March 12, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mainstage Show:  Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, directed by Gillian Eaton. The roles of Benedick and Beatrice are cast, all other roles are open. Rehearsals begin the week of June 26. Performance dates run Thursdays through Sundays, July 26 through August 5. Please sign up for a ten-minute slot online at

Daylight Family Show: World Premiere of The Comedy of Terrible Errors by Don Zolidis, Director TBA. Four Actors with strong improv skill and familiarity with Shakespeare. Rehearsals begin June 11. First Preview tentatively July 10; shows July 28 through August 4. Please sign up for a ten-minute slot online at

Audition Location: Starr Presbyterian Church, 1717 13 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48073. Map >

Material: Please bring resume and headshot and present either one 2 minute Shakespearean speech, or two contrasting 1 minute Shakespeare speeches.

Limited Equity contracts available under special appearance contract. All performers will receive a stipend.

Water Works will consider Equity and non-Equity actors (as well as Acting Interns if age 18 and above) for all stage roles.

Crew and Backstage Interns may be considered from age 16 and up (with parental permission, if necessary). Actors under age 18 are encouraged to consider our week-long education workshops that include a full performance as a fun alternative.

Water Works Theatre Company presents Shakespeare Royal Oak, Michigan’s premier outdoor theatre event. Since 2001 Water Works has enhanced the quality of life in the community by presenting first class performances featuring local professional artists, and providing unique educational opportunities for youth, all in a dynamic outdoor setting.

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Thanks to You

Shakespeare Royal Oak offers me a time to distill many of my so-called higher passions into one experience: excellence in the arts, service to my home community, building education and career growth opportunities for the emerging generation.

Then there’s the joy of creating the magic of live outdoor theater. The unison laughter of a relaxed group of pleasant people on an evening in the park. The bonds that are formed in the doing of it. The sunset. The lights. The lost and found. The child discovering Shakespeare. The smiles and thank-yous. These joys bring me back to do it again and again.

And in every season there is an opportunity for me to grow, to find more in me. That’s the pay-off.

The many people who’ve joined me in this, from patrons to donors to artists to volunteers, are the doers of it. I’m sure you are one of them.

So my thanks to you!

Ed Nahhat

Thank You for a Great Season!

This Season

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming Of The Shrew is full of empowered, feisty characters and we are lucky to have Oakland University’s esteemed Lynnae Lehfeldt directing it this summer. She is an artist of consequence, and it matters that she is directing this show this year”, said Water Works President Ed Nahhat. “In our version, the taming goes both ways for these lovers, Petruchio and Katherina. Audiences will have to decide who the shrew actually is. Lynnae is the perfect director to bring this wonderful comedy to our stage.”

Taming of the Shrew’s opening night highlights and interviews:

Shakespeare in Love and War

Shakespeare in Love and War is another Water Works original, based on the Bard’s timeless tales of the most dramatically important times in life: war and love.  Our fun daylight show finds Shakespeare’s enduring lovers and enemies, who are sometimes both to each other, at their best and their worst. Soldiers returning from war, lovers awaiting their return, romance under the cloud of war, the epic comedy of the battle of the sexes.  This stellar cast of four versatile actors, who are equally skilled in full combat as they are in heartache, brings to life the most intense times of life that Shakespeare ever wrote.  Directed and compiled by our Artistic Director, Sara Catheryn Wolf, Shakespeare in Love and War is destined for greatness.


Water Works Teen Ensemble returns to the festival for its seventh summer. The original two-week outdoor creative experience for high school students provides and opportunity for the participants to cast, direct, and present a complete performance of a Shakespeare play. This summer, the ensemble will present Hamlet on the Starr Jaycee Park stage.

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It will be a great summer this year with KidsAct!

This six-day learning experience for students entering grades 1-8 offers instruction in Shakespeare, stage combat, dance, and comedic improvisation from highly qualified, professional teaching artists. Students then perform in an hour-long showcase to be presented for friends and family in Starr Jaycee Park.

KidsAct! returns for its new season July 31-August 5, 2017.

Register for KidsAct! $230

Download KidsAct Registration Form 2017 and KidsAct Welcome Letter 2017.

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Water Works Teen Ensemble

In its seventh year and with a new name, Water Works Teen Ensemble, our extraordinary high school-age outdoor experience, takes on new challenges. Last year, our high school students auditioned for, performed, and produced a full-fledged production of The Tempest. This year’s production is Hamlet.

Auditions: June 4 from 1-4pm at Starr Presbyterian Church, Royal Oak

Water Works Teen Ensemble returns for its new season July 17-31, 2017.

Register for WWTE $300

Download WWTE Registration Form 2017 and WWTE Welcome Letter 2017.

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